Fucked & Bound – Suffrage (Atomic Action Records, 2018)

Fucked & Bound are a female fronted hardcore combo out of Seattle. This is harder than a kick in the fucking grid, and they certainly don’t need anyone to speak for them, they’ve had their fill of your bullshit, mate. Hence I shall drop in the ever popular Bandcamp player right here and invite your sorry asses to hit play right now:

This is completely and utterly uncompromising, crusty hardcore punk with a leaning toward D-Beat. It’s faster than three bastards – cramming 13 eyeball bursting ragers into around 21 minutes. As a rough guide, soundwise, I’d describe this as sitting somewhere between F-Minus, Petrol Girls, Nausea and Discharge as a starting point, but also prone to both slowed down grind breaks as well as supercharged pummelling sections of Infest influenced powerviolence parts.

Thematically (as you’ve no doubt garnered from the title), Suffrage has a feminist theme, and issues addressed here are certainly from a female / feminist perspective. Obviously I could never call myself a feminist as I’ve not had the benefit of experiencing life from a female perspective, but I’m fully in support of the feminist cause (apart from those extreme and distasteful views espoused by some – such as Kathleen Hannah – regarding transgender individuals; for a cause that amongst other things is addressing inequality and discrimination, people surely do come out with some dumb, blinkered shit).

Anyway… This record is angry and rightly so. If you are a guy, think of this as society’s revenge for every shitty thing you’ve done or said to a woman (or thought about). If you are a woman, perhaps this could (or should) be representative of YOUR revenge, sharp in tooth and claw, blood and spittle flecked. Not that any woman needs me (or anyone else for that matter) to suggest this of course.

This is everything hardcore punk should be: visceral, thought provoking, pissed off, message laden, nihilistic, outspoken and hard as fucking nails mate.

Tony of Nurgle rating 8/10.

You can buy the LP direct from Atomic Action Records here

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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